AGE 13, GRADE 7 (2016)
Cicilia is a seventh-grader at Kakenya Center for Excellence. She lives with her mother, brothers and sisters. Her father died, leaving her mother to be the bread winner for the children. She also has two step mothers, making a total of 20 children in the family.
Cicilia says her mother is elderly, illiterate and has no any source of income. “Whenever I am sent home for school fees my mother sells a piece of land to raise fees for me and my two brothers,” she says. All of her brothers and sisters have stopped their education due to school fees. Out of school and with no income, her older sister married at an early age. “At least my family received some cows,” Cicilia says of the marriage, “but I could tell my sister was not happy. She would have preferred to be in school.” Cicilia relies on items provided by Kakenya’s Dream, often coming emptyhanded from home.
Despite the many challenges she faces, Cilicia remains hopeful that one day she will become a judge, citing one role model in particular: “I want to emulate one exemplary judge from our village who works in Mombasa. He came to build a school for orphans in Migori.” In her free time she loves to play volleyball in school.